Data – it’s a by-product of the care we are privileged to provide.  “Big data” can help us improve the quality of care, reduce costs for millions, and ultimately, save lives.

As healthcare professionals, we depend on and benefit from patient care data in order to inform and improve future treatment. At HCA, we are fortunate to have access to data across 168 hospitals and 20 million patient encounters a year.

Recently, Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, President, Clinical Services Group and Chief Medical Officer here at HCA, sat down with Eric Johnson, Dean of the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Management, to discuss the importance of big data and analytics in a learning health system, as well as patient data privacy and security concerns.

Listen in on this conversation between two scholars in healthcare during the Institute for Operations Research and Management Sciences (INFORMS) Healthcare Conference in Nashville.